Hobs Studio 3D Prints a Giant Master Plan for a Giant Housing Development

Share this Article

East London will eventually be home to over 10,800 new homes, thanks to a massive development known as Barking Riverside. The former Barking Power Station site is to become a brand new neighborhood, complete with housing for about 29,000 people as well as 65,000 square meters of commercial space. It’s a huge undertaking, to say the least, so architects have had their work cut out for them from the beginning. The sheer size of the development makes even creating a model a challenge, but Hobs Studio, the largest 3D printing company in the United Kingdom, came through, setting a record in the process.

Barking Riverside is one of Europe’s largest brownfield developments, and its master plan model now holds the title of largest 3D printed master plan model in the UK. A very specific title, yes, but still impressive, especially considering the size of the model – 3.60 x 2.6 x 1 m. It’s built at a 1:750 scale and contains more than 1,000 buildings, while a third of the model consists of the River Thames. (Hobs Studio is no stranger to setting records, having also 3D printed the largest known map of England’s Northwest.)

The model was designed from LIDAR scans that were taken by airplanes flying over the development site, combined with the architects’ plans. It was then 3D printed on the UK’s largest SLA 3D printer, a 3D Systems iPro 9000 XL, which has a build area of 1500 x 750 x 550 mm. The model took four and a half weeks to produce, was assembled over the course of two days, and used about 35 liters of resin. It’s impressive to look at, not only in its scale but in its detail, down to the LED lights that switch on and off to give the appearance of a city full of life.

“At Barking Riverside, we are dedicated to investing in the best of future technology to help bring to life our vision for the development,” said Matthew Carpen, Project Director for Barking Riverside Limited. “We are pleased to be championing the use of this technology for the industry.”

3D printing is becoming a favored process for the production of architectural models, because it’s much quicker than other methods and can offer a much greater level of detail. The Barking Riverside project coordinators also wanted to have a master plan model that could be altered and changed as needed, because as anyone working in architecture or city development knows, no plans are ever permanent until the very end.

“Using technology and automation – 3D printing allows the production of models to run considerably faster, while also creating a more accurate and detailed result, through the use of 3D photogrammetry data,” said Michelle Greeff, MD of Hobs Studio. “It’s not just the printing that is a complex process – post-production is also key, with our specialist team adding in final details, to ensure that the model really captures the essence of Barking Riverside. We are proud to be the only company in the UK with the capacity to deliver such a large project to this tight time scale.”

Planning for the Barking Riverside project began in 2007, and it’s being carried out in multiple stages. At the moment, several hundred homes have been constructed and are currently being occupied. Plans are also in place for a new railway line, schools, large public open spaces and more.

You can learn more about the development of the 3D printed master plan below:

Discuss in the Hobs Studio forum at 3DPB.com.

Share this Article


Recent News

Polyga Releases Professional Handheld H3 3D Scanning System

Lung Cancer Treatment: 3D Printing Molds for Personalized Airway Stents



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing and COVID-19, May 29, 2020 Update: Lessons for Going Forward

Companies, organizations and individuals continue to attempt to lend support to the COVID-19 pandemic supply effort. We will be providing regular updates about these initiatives where necessary in an attempt to ensure...

Featured

Virtual AM Medical Event: From Innovations to the Future of Additive Manufacturing in the Medical Industry

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosted a first-of-its-kind event with experts discussing the instrumental role and impact of additive manufacturing (AM) on patient care. Originally set to take...

3D Printing Review in Drug Delivery Systems: Pharmaceutical Particulates and Membranes

Researchers from Egypt, India, and the UK are studying the role of 3D printing in drug delivery systems. Their findings are detailed in the recently released ‘Pharmaceutical Particulates and Membranes...

Sponsored

3DHEALS2020: A Not So Lonely Planet

Only a few weeks away from 3DHEALS2020, and I just got off the phone with one of our speakers, Dr. Ho, from NAMIC Singapore. Our brief interview reminded me just...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!